Friday May 1, 2009
Should we be screaming Mayday, mayday when it comes to the Padres Injuries to date.
The Padres have SEVEN players on the DL and lead baseball with 143 Player DL days as a team.
Cliff Floyd who has struggled with injuries the past few seasons has not taken an at bat as a Padre yet this season. Now he has suffered through fluid on his right knee the past two weeks. He is currently back in San Diego rehabilitating his injured knee. If all goes well, he could take batting practice on Monday, when the team returns to PETCO Park. If not he could have more surgery on the knee and have his rehab set back at least 4 weeks.
Oft injured pitcher Shawn Hill is also back in San Diego to rehab. No structural damage was found during MRI and stress tests so he may be able to start a minor league rehab assignments in as little as two weeks.
Walter Silva is expected to report to pitch for AAA Portland on Monday to begin his rehab assignment. If all goes well he could be back in a Padres uniform as soon as the middle of the May, probably in a bullpen role.
Cha Seung Baek, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right forearm since March 27th, will make his second Minor League rehab start Sunday with Class A Lake Elsinore and is expected to be ready to rejoin the Padres as soon as May 13th in Chicago.
In other injury news, Mike Adams is progressing ahead of schedule in his rehab and could rejoin the Padres in June.
As reported on this blog earlier, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Mark Prior has once again hit a snag in his rehab efforts after feeling soreness in his shoulder after a bullpen session on Thursday. It is not yet know when he will be ready to resume throwing.
Relief pitcher Eulogio “Frankie” De La Cruz has cleared waivers and will report to AAA Portland where he will be given the chance to start. He was designated for assignment on April 27th to make room for Chad Gaudin on the 40-man and 25-man roster.
AAA starter Mike Ekstrom, who was waived to make room on the 40 man roster for Arturo Lopez, has cleared waivers. He will likely be assigned to AAA Portland.
That is today’s Padres Injury Report.